The Cumberland Gap Lady Panthers have wrapped up their regular season. They Lady Panthers dropped a pair of tough games at Claiborne on Friday and at home to Oneida on Saturday.
Saturday was Senior Night for the Lady Panthers and they honored their five seniors: Chelsea Fultz, Chelsea Bingham, Genna Lake, Amber Craig and Rachel Kimbrough before the game.
Dennis Cline, completing his first season as the CGHS head coach, said he’s enjoyed his time with those seniors.
“It’s kind of been hard on them their whole career because I’m their fourth coach in four years. They’ve not really had a chance to bond with a coach or learn one set thing that a coach wants and that’s not their fault,” he said. “As far as their work ethic and everything like that goes, they’ve tried to do everything I’ve asked them to do. I’m just so pleased with them. I told them it’s been my pleasure and been to my benefit to be around those five young ladies. I can’t say enough good things about them.”
In Friday’s game the Lady Panthers trailed the Lady Bulldogs 20-13 at the half. Sophomore Tessa Brooks hit a 3-pointer and Morgan Beeler also scored three points in the third period as Cumberland closed to within 25-21.
Claiborne’s Lora Bunch scored five of her ten points in the fourth quarter as the Lady Bulldogs went on to the 38-28 win.
Brooks led Cumberland Gap with eight points while Lake finished with seven and Tessa Pittman added five off the bench.
Dakotah Turners scored 13 points to lead Claiborne.
On Saturday Lake scored five of her team-high 13 points in the first quarter. Bingham and Fultz hit 3-pointers and the Lady Panthers trailed Oneida just 17-13 after one.
The Lady Indians would gradually pull away over the course of the game. They got 19 points each from Baylee Newport and Micah Stephens in a 60-38 win.
Bingham and Brooks scored eight points apiece in that game.
“What’s happened to us these last two games is where we’ve had all the make-up games and had to play a lot of back-to-back games,” Cline said. “We had played at Claiborne on (Friday) and then (Saturday) you could see it by the second or third quarter, we just couldn’t run. Our legs were gone.”
The District 2-AA Tournament is up next for Cumberland Gap (4-20). The Lady Panthers will play Chuckey-Doak in the first round on Friday at 4 p.m. in Greeneville.